An Illinois House Committee unanimously approved House Bill 4299 about a week ago. It seeks to make the possession of up to 30 grams a civil offense, the penalty being a $100 ticket. The bill would also decriminalize "manufacturing or delivering" up to 10 grams of cannabis or for possessing up to 5 plants. Again, a civil offense with a $100 ticket. This may not sound like much to those who live in Colorado, California, etc, but for Illinois, it's a BIG improvement. For the sake of comparison, these are the PRESENT penalties in Illinois: 2.5 grams or less: Misdemeanor Up to 30 days in jail 2.5-10 grams: Misdemeanor Up to 6 months in jail 10-30 grams(1st offense) Misdemeanor Up to 1 year in jail 10-30 grams(Subsequent offense) Felony 1-3 years in jail Up to $25,000 fine 30-500 grams(1st offense) Felony 1-3 years in jail Up to $25,ooo fine 30-500 grams(Subsequent offense) Felony 2-5 years in jail Up to $25,000 fine Sale of 10 grams or less is a misdemeanor, punishable by a jail sentence of up to a year. Sale of more than 10 grams is a felony with penalties from 1-30 years in jail and fines from $25,000- $250,000. Growing less than 5 plants: Misdemeanor Up to 1 year in jail Growing 5-20 plants: Felony 1-3 years in jail Up to $25,000 fine Growing 20-50 plants: Felony 2-5 years in jail Up to $25,000 fine Growing 50-200 plants: Felony 3-7 years in jail Up to $100,000 fine More than 200 plants: Felony 4-20 years in jail Up to $100,000 fine The bill will now be sent to the full Illinois House for a vote. If it passes in the House, chances are it will become law. Not legalization, but it's something.